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The Altar Devotional

Set three candles in a row on your altar. If you do not have an altar, or are not near it, envision three candles in a row. Count down into a meditative state, and light the first candle.
Bide the Wiccan Law ye must, In Perfect Love and Perfect Trust,
Eight words the Wiccan Rede fulfill,
An' ye harm none, do what ye will.

What ye send forth comes back to thee,
So ever mind the Law of Three,
Follow this with mind and heart,
Merry ye meet and merry ye part.

Light the second candle.
I swear, today and every day, to strive toward the Thirteen Goals of the Witch; to know my Self, to know my Craft, to Learn, to apply knowledge with wisdom, to achieve balance, to keep my words in good order, to keep my thoughts in good order, to celebrate life, to attune with the cycles of the Earth, to breathe and eat correctly, to exercise my body, to meditate, and to honor the Goddess and the God.
Light the third candle.
I swear, today and every day, to make the Four Agreements with myself; to be impecc…

Samhain 2013

This year, my Samhain ritual was more last minute than usual. I hadn't written out or researched anything in advance, and had loaned the book containing the ritual I intended to perform to my boyfriend, Storm. I got off work later than expected, and my living room (aka ritual space) was a disaster, thanks to the boxes I've still never unpacked, containing tons of old junk mail and sales reports from my time at the now-defunct bookstore corporation. I got home perhaps half an hour before Storm arrived, sans book, and I was completely overwhelmed at trying to shove everything off in the bedroom to be dealt with later. I nearly threw out all the ritual plans entirely and went to bed. Between the disastrous apartment, working long hours at work due to a recent promotion (yay!) and the overall malaise I've felt for the past couple of years, it just felt like too much to handle.

However, the last time I held a Sabbat ritual was last Samhain, and with the recent loss of my beauti…

Back to Basics

It's funny how often we can let things slide. Time has a way of getting away from us if we aren't watching it, and the next thing you know, it's been a week, a month, a year. Whether it's calling your mother, writing a letter to a friend, or even something as simple as cleaning up around the apartment, if you don't make a regular habit of reminding yourself to do things, suddenly they've piled sky-high. A magickal practice, and the various things that go with it, can fall by the wayside just as easily, but they can also be immensely helpful in combating these tendencies, if proper attention is paid to them.

One of the things Christopher Penczak teaches in The Inner Temple of Witchcraft is that journaling is a very important, and useful practice. It encourages introspection and thoughtfulness; it also allows us to look back at a situation later and see who and where we were as a person at that point in our life. I've started and stopped keeping a journal cou…

New Blog, New Approach

Lately, I've been getting back into my magickal studies, once again turning to Christopher Penczak's wonderful book, The Inner Temple of Witchcraft: Magick, Meditation, and Psychic Development, as a guide. I've been working through the book and the exercises with my boyfriend, and have finally taken up the process of journaling and taking notes on the text. I've decided to start this blog, dedicated entirely to my magickal development, as a space to write my thoughts on the things I've learned, and hopefully to invite discussion about the individual topics and techniques I am studying. My intention is for this to be updated weekly, at minimum, though I hope to update more frequently even than that, if time allows.

Hopefully, this will also allow me to focus my other blog entirely on my writing, and other things going on in my life.